Tregoning, Robert M.

Tregoning, Robert M.

Robert M. Tregoning, 72, lifelong Montgomery County dairy and grain farmer, died on Dec. 30 at his home after a lengthy illness.

Robert’s farm operation was based in Cedar Grove, where he was part of the Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Association for over 50 years. He was also a member of the Montgomery County Agricultural Center and assisted with the construction of the original buildings for the county fair. He participated in the Upper Montgomery County Farmers Club and the County Farm Bureau. He was also a regular attendee at the Montgomery County Grain Marketing Club meetings and a member of the Friends of the Agricultural History Farm Park.

Robert was born May 23, 1932 in Woodfield, a son of the late John M. and Mabel Watkins Tregoning. The family moved to Cedar Grove when he was two, and remained in Cedar Grove for the rest of his life. He graduated from Damascus High School in 1950 and remained committed to cultivating a strong local community throughout his life. He was a founder and director of the Damascus Community Bank and was also an active member of the Damascus Lions Club and the Damascus United Methodist Church for many years.

He was an avid supporter of youth and collegiate athletics. He served as commissioner of the Damascus Slow Pitch Softball League and was especially interested in ensuring that young adults had opportunities to participate. He also sponsored and coached a team, Clay Equipment, in the league for nearly 20 years. His work led to induction in the Washington Metropolitan Slow Pitch Softball Hall of Fame. His support extended to the University of Maryland. He faithfully attended Terrapin football and basketball games for over 30 years. He also staunchly supported the Terrapin Club, which provides scholarships and general support to the University of Maryland athletic programs.

Robert was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Patricia; his four sons, Stephen, Douglas, Robert, and John; ten grandchildren, Lisa, Curtis, Kira, Matthew, Brett, Kyle, Kevin, Rachel, Brian, and Olivia; and one great grandson, Bradley.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, John W. Tregoning in 1930; Harold E. Tregoning in 1949; and J. Wayne Tregoning in 1956.

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